Recipe: Sound & Vision

It’s finally cold in my part of the world, so Scotch cocktails are starting to call my name. When it comes to cocktails, I really do abide by the seasons. Which I know is ridiculous. I’m sure I’m not the only one though. Despite the onset of fall, it’s not cold enough yet for me…

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Review: NV Telmont Reserve Brut Champagne

The label on this Champagne’s bottle includes gobs of information starting with the grape breakdown, which is 43% Chardonnay, 37% Pinot Meunier, and 20% Pinot Noir. Also listed are the vintages that comprise the blend, along with the percentage of each. In this case the wine includes 56% from 2017, 7% from 2016, 21% from…

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Review: Maker’s Mark FAE-02 2021 Limited Release

Maker’s Mark’s FAE-01 release, which arrived this spring, was always envisioned as the first of a two-part series. Now FAE-02 is here to complete the duo. Note that FAE-02 is a somewhat different animal than its forebear because, while it’s made with same “fatty acid esters” enhancement process, the staves used are made from French…

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Review: Tyku Sake – Junmai and Junmai Ginjo (2021)

It’s been seven years since we last reviewed Tyku’s (no longer Ty Ku) line of sake, and it’s high time for a refresh. Tyku, made by Nara prefecture’s Umenoyada Brewery, is one of the largest and easiest to find brands of premium-grade sake in the United States. While Umenoyada is well known for their sweet…

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Review: Daviess County Bourbon Double Barrel Finish

Last year, we gave you a comprehensive rundown on the core Daviess County whiskey portfolio, an impressive collection of straight bourbons from Lux Row Distillers (now owned by MGP, for those keeping tabs on those kinds of things). Last month, Daviess County added to the lineup with this limited edition, another finished expression dubbed Double…

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Review: Ron Rubin 2020 Pam’s Un-Oaked Chardonnay and 2018 Pinot Noir

Located in Sebastopol, California, the Ron Rubin winery is Certified Sustainable and devoted to producing widely available and enjoyable wines at a reasonable price. Today we’re trying two wines that we’ve tried before, an unoaked Chardonnay bottled under the Pam’s label and a Pinot Noir. Let’s see how the newer vintages stand up. 2020 Pam’s…

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Review: New Riff Malted Rye 6 Years Old

The hits keep coming from the maniacs at Kentucky’s New Riff, which for its next trick has dropped the oldest age-statemented whiskey in its lineup to date, a 6 year old bottling made from 100% malted rye. Malted rye is uncommon but not unheard of in whiskey these days. Making it essentially follows the same…

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Review: Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars 2019 Karia and 2018 Artemis

Two new bottles hot off the press at Napa’s Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars — comprising the two most iconic California grape varietals there are. 2019 Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars Karia Chardonnay Napa Valley – Classically styled and somewhat doughy, this wine combines bright notes of applesauce and lemon curd with a layer of baking spice…

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